Subterranean Supper Club

Guests travelled back in time when Somerset House, in partnership with accredited caterers Zafferano, hosted its very first showcase for the venue's atmospheric Deadhouse.

The Zafferano Subterranean Supper Club invited guests - event planners, agents and bookers - to "Unlock the 18th Century". The four course banquet evoked the era when the foundations of Somerset House were first being laid.

The event began with a drinks and canapé reception, taking as its theme famous still lives by 18th century artists. Hogarth's 'Gin Ally' was the inspiration for 'Bad Kitty' and 'Hanky Panky' gin cocktails served in copper cups.

Canapés included Native Oysters with Black Velvet Shots, and gin smoked salmon and potato drop scones with gooseberry compote.

Guests then made their way through the Deadhouse's labyrinthine spaces to the dining table set for a 'Beggars Banquet', to enjoy potted mackerel, soused beetroot, apple salad and Herdwick lamb pie served with dauphinoise potatoes, brassicas and lamb jus.

Pudding was a decadent affair with a 'Dessert Tableau' in the theme of a Courtesan's Parlour. Dishes included a Macaron Pyramid, Opera Cakes and Champagne and Gold Leaf Jellies.
The catering was rounded off with Zafferano's take on an espresso martini. The "Moll Kings Martini", named after a notorious 18th century Covent Garden coffee house, was served in pewter coffee cups.

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The creators of this event

Caterer:     Zafferano
Venue:     The Deadhouse Somerset House
Production Company:     Fisher Productions
Entertainment:     Eight Ray Music; live performance by classically trained composer Okiem
Florist:     Larry Walshe Flowers
Photographer:     Stephanie Wolff